Hi I'm new to all of this but there seem to be a fair number of people out there with a similiar condition to myself. I was sixteen when I was referred to the Early Arthritis Clinic. I am now twenty one and although I experienced a brief respite from the pain a while ago, it's back. I have Sero Negative Arthritis in my knee, so they tell me, and I'm at a loss as to how to proceed. After a cople of years on Salazopyrin and Plaquenil, my health had deteriorated, so I decided to go down the Homeopathic route.
It worked like a charm. We discovered I had a dairy intolerance. I cut out all dairy from my diet and the arthritis seemed to magically dissapear. For two and a half years I experienced hardly any pain. Then in September 2004, it all came back. I've been struggling with it for the past three and a half months solid. My diet does not include dairy anymore and I have grown accustomed to the fact that it is a contributor-but it cannot
be a cause when there is none in my system and I'm suffering as badly now as I was four years ago. I have not felt much relief from the difene I'm on unless I take more than I am prescribed. I don't like doing this but a few times I had to -just to get around.
I'm a full time college student and trying to get an appointment with my homeopathist again was difficult. I met him in September, but haven't been able to see him since. He is in high demand and I kept thinking that if I just tried to keep my joint warm and take some extra supplements or something it would go away.
I read about glucosamine and choindroitin in a book about Osteoarthritis, but I have Rheumatoid. I decide to get them anyway as I figured there could probably be no harm in it. I tried not taking Difene for a few days, but the pain was really severe so I'm back on it. I don't know if these supplements are of any benefit to me because I cannot know if thety are helping my knee rebuild cartilage from the inside out. It is very frustrating.
I was hoping to find out if anyone knows much about glucosamine and choindroitin and if either of these can have an impact on someone with RA. I would like to stay out of the hospitals and clinics, because I have had bad experiences with the drugs that they put me on. I also found that they tried to dismiss my thoughts out of hand. It was also very annoying that I never saw the same doctor twice after my first few visits. If there are drugs available however that would be beneficial to a young sufferer of Arthritis, I am more than weilling to have a good look at my options. I just don't know what my options are.
Thanks for taking the time to read this...I hope someone will be able to point me in the right direction!